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What Nadab and Abihu did was an act of deliberate sin made because they felt they could either rely on their own ability to start the fire or that their power from being a priest would enhance the power of God. Either they saw no reason to keep the altar fire burning as instructed in 6:12-13 because they knew they could easily relight it themselves which is probably what happened - or - the fire was still as burning as instructed but they decided that their priestly positions gave them power equal to the power of God which they demonstrated by adding their own additional fire to the altar. In either case God punished them by consuming them with fire.

Aaron had just seen his two oldest sons and his two remaining sons Elezar and Ithamar had just seen their brothers burned to ashes. Moses instructed the three of them not to leave the tabernacle to grieve with the people or to tear their clothes or let their hair go uncombed as a sign of mourning because they were to continue performing their priestly duty of offering sin sacrifices to God on behalf of the people and they did as were instructed. They did not turn their backs on God or refuse to perform their duties. However, after they burned the sin offering for their own sin and the sins of the people, they did not eat the meat as instructed. Moses approached them angrily demanding to know why they didn’t eat the meat. Aaron basically explained to Moses that they had done all they were suppose to do except they were to upset to eat after just watching Nadab and Abihu having been burned to a crisp, and then Moses understood and had compassion on them.

This is comforting to me because just as Moses had compassion when he realized how much Aaron, Elezar and Ithamar were hurting, Christ has compassion for us when we are deeply upset or hurting. God knows and considers what is taking place in our hearts. There are times when we hurt too deeply to pray and the Holy Spirit intervenes for us during those times. There are times when we have such pressing matters going on in our lives that even though we read the Scripture we are not aware of what we read, but God knows we are doing the best that we can do at that time. There are times when for some reason or another we cannot make ourselves enter the door of the church, but God still loves us and stays with us.

God bless!

I find that sometimes in the midst of a storm, like the death of a loved one or even one caused by my own disobedience. Once on the other side of that storm ,
I find out God was there with me even though I didn't pray

Mark 5: 1-20 Deliverance of the Demonic. This story brings up a very interesting question in today’s world about people that display abnormal behavior. I would just like to add my experience with a possible cause that we have experienced in our family. Soon after my son arrived from Haiti my wife and I noticed a lot of similar traits Bob Deffinbaugh refers to in his commentary: anti-social behavior, super strength, torment, etc.
After years of therapy, psychologists, special education, Doctors and books we discovered a simple parasite,neurocysticercosis that is prevalent in 3’rd world countries and produces brain injury. After my son experienced a mild seizure, a South African Doctor ordered a CT Scan and from her experience cited the possibility of this parasite. He was immediately air lifted to a Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and a MRI was done to confirm this diagnosis. Our son had the equivalent of a brain injury, hence the bizarre behaviors over the years. I can’t say how often we felt this was the result of a demon in him and repeatedly asked the Lord what to do? His answer came through and now we have a very physical workable situation and somewhat relief knowing what the problem is. I suppose my comment is to be careful when we judge people’s actions. (It may not be a demon). Since they didn’t have MRI’s in Jesus time, this parasite may have been the cause of many “possessions” although in Mark’s story I truly believe we are looking at Demons and given a look at the Spiritual Warfare we must face sometimes. The ironic thing is that this parasite is often found in pork!

Mark 4:26-34

The parable of the growing seed is so encouraging.
Mike, thank you for point out that:
"Reading and studying the Bible will ultimately produce a bountiful crop in our lives. It can't help but not do so," because "The Gospel message is so powerful on its own." Indeed, indeed.
May we have faith, may we have patience, may we have hope - in the seed that God plants in our hearts, and in the faith seeds that we have the privilege to plant in others' hearts.


such good memories of my mom..I try to forget my past sin and coming up..times when I did wrong. however, i try to teach my children not to make the same mistakes I did. The compassion I saw that Jesus had on both the man who was possessed and even the evil spirits that knew who Christ was..its amazing how much Love Jesus is! He Is Love!!

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